August 20, 2001 02:18 PM

It pays to be gross. At least that’s the case with “American Pie 2.” The teen comedy became the first movie since June to grab the No. 1 spot at North American box offices two weekends in a row, reports Reuters. “Pie” came away with $21.4 million this weekend, bringing its 10-day total to $87.6 million. The last movie to repeat at No. 1 was “Pearl Harbor,” which retained the box office crown during the June 1-3 weekend. Since June, 10 movies have opened at No. 1 and almost all of them lost more than half its audience in the second weekend. The weekend’s Top 10, according to movie studios:

1. “American Pie 2,” $21.4 million
2. “Rush Hour 2,” $19.2 million
3. “Rat Race,” $11.8 million
4. “The Others,” $10.8 million
5. “The Princess Diaries,” $9.5 million
6. “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” $7.1 million
7. “Planet of the Apes,” $6.9 million
8. “American Outlaws,” $4.8 million
9. “Jurassic Park 3,” $4.3 million
10. “Legally Blonde,” $2.6 million

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